West Wing
The American President, Part II

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"A Medium-Sized Nightmare"
Back at the GDC offices, we can see when someone rips another sheet off the counters that they need fourteen votes in fifty-one days. Sydney is musing about an incentive program. We hear a voice-over saying, "Sydney Ellen Wade, the political strategist who accompanied President Shepherd to last week's state dinner, reportedly spent the night at the White House as a guest of the President." Over a shot of Sydney and Andy having dinner together, another reporter says, "The President returned from Panama this evening after a three-day tour through Central America. His first order of business: an intimate dinner with Sydney Wade at a romantic Georgetown bistro." Outside the bistro, there's a gaggle of photographers and reporters jockeying for space and snapping pictures through the windows of the restaurant. A third reporter's voice-over: "Conservative and religious family organizations are starting to smell blood in the water as the polling numbers of the President are dropping." Shot of Leon with his staff in the White House's vote-getting war room. Shot of Robin at the podium in the Briefing Room. A fourth reporter's voice: "And Showbiz Weekly was in Hollywood for the star-studded gala. Also on tonight's program: Day Fifteen of the Sydney Watch. Is the world's most eligible bachelor off the market?" We see a shot of Sydney being badgered as she leaves her office. Next voice-over: "All right, next caller: you're on the air." Someone with a twangy accent asks, "Dan, what about Lucy Shepherd? Is anyone concerned about this little girl? Can we now finally have a serious debate about family values?" Yeah, it's too bad the President has taken up trafficking child prostitutes in Thailand. The whole country is going to hell in a handbasket. We see shot of Lucy playing her trombone for Dad and Sydney. Over a shot of Bob Rumson bloviating to an outdoors crowd, we hear a news-anchor type say, "Political polling analyst Ed Earl, with the President's job approval taking an eight-point dip from his personal best of 63% three weeks ago, should the White House be concerned that the 'girlfriend factor' has left Shepherd vulnerable to the kinds of character questions he was able to avoid three years ago?" Ed Earl replies, "Well, if they're not concerned, they sure oughta be." News Anchor Guy continues, "Columnist Cynthia Schuyler, how much will this new wrinkle affect his ability to put together a win on his crime bill?" We get a shot of Sydney leaving her apartment building, running the gauntlet of reporters and photographers to get to her car. Another voice-over: "We're going to take a commercial break. When we come back, we're going to meet a junior high school classmate of Sydney Wade's, who has some intimate details to share."

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